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'''Robert James "Bob" Brown''' (born 27 December 1944) is an Australian former politician, medical doctor, environmentalist, former Australian Senate|Senator and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. Brown was elected to the Australian Senate on the Tasmanian Greens ticket, joining with sitting Greens Western Australia senator Dee Margetts to form the first group of Australian Greens senators following the Australian federal election, 1996|1996 federal election. He was re-elected in Australian federal election, 2001|2001 and in Australian federal election, 2007|2007. He was List of the first LGBT holders of political offices|the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party. While serving in the Tasmanian parliament, Brown successfully campaigned for a large increase in the protected wilderness areas. Brown led the...
Term start1 July 1996
Term end15 June 2012
Predecessor| successor = Peter Whish-Wilson
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Birth nameRobert James Brown
Birth date{{Birth date and age|1944|12|27|df=yes}}
Birth placeOberon, New South Wales
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NationalityAustralian
PartyAustralian Greens (1996–present)
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